Personal Legend In The Alchemist

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As individuals grow and develop and start to become independent in this world, the meaning of follow your dreams becomes more apparent and understandable. Everyone has a dream but it’s the way you attempt to follow your dreams that really counts and the effort you put into making them come true. In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the main character Santiago takes on a long journey in order to follow his reoccurring dreams of finding treasure in Egypt. These dreams reveal Santiago’s Personal Legend. Symbolism, geography, and ironies help to develop the plot. Paulo Coelho raises and supports the idea that all individuals should pursue their Personal Legends above anything else. The way he demonstrates this is by showing that following aspirations in life can reveal true purposes and deeper meanings. When Santiago’s Personal Legend is revealed, Coelho writes to make him follow his life’s purpose and take that journey. “The closer one gets to realizing his Personal Legend, the more that Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being, thought the boy,” (Coelho 75). Santiago believes that his Personal Legend will reveal to him what his true purpose in life is. This theme of pursuing Personal Legends exists and manifests in each of the major characters. Santiago’s dream of treasure in Egypt reveals to him his Personal Legend. Santiago goes on this long and tiring journey to find out what his true purpose is. Little does he know, his personal legend is the journey itself. On his

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